Low, but Polarized GPA, and Applying for MS in Chem E
I'm by no means an academic superstar... and I've made the the huge mistake of not doing any undergraduate research. My only redeemable non-class oriented bit of academia is my senior thesis/research paper, which I am very proud of.
I graduated from UC Santa Cruz recently, with an overall GPA of 3.12, and a major GPA of 3.28 in chemistry with a concentration in biochemistry. Turns out it was a terrible major choice for me- I have straight C's in every biology class I've taken (which was part of my major). If you discounted the 6 biology/biochemistry classes in my major (so only chemistry, math, physics), my GPA would be a 3.62.
I've taken the GRE, and my scores are as follows:
Verbal: 153 (57 percentile, old scale 500)
Quantitative: 165 (92 percentile, old scale 790)
Writing: 4.5 (73 percentile)
My letters of rec are from professors where I have done well in their classes, but do not know on a personal level- they will be solid letters of rec, but not stellar. All I want is to get into a mid-tier MS program in chemical engineering. What do you guys think? If I explain my low major GPA, would I still be competitive for a mid-tier chem e program?